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Grateful Dead Live at Beat Club on 1972-04-21


Topics Live concert


Bertha, Playin' In The Band, Mr. Charlie, Sugaree, Truckin'-> The Other One, One More Saturday Night


Collection GratefulDead
Band/Artist Grateful Dead
Date April 21, 1972
Venue Beat Club
Location Bremen, GE

Source Soundboard
Lineage SBD>FM>MR>PCM>DAT>CDR


Notes

SBD>FM>MR>PCM>DAT>CDR; Including soundcheck, missing 3 songs, see info file for details; via Raoul Duke; Seeded to etree by Matt Vernon

Reviews

Reviewer: clementinescaboose - - April 19, 2012
Subject: Some diamonds here...
Certainly not the best show of the tour, if anything due to its brevity, but the Truckin>Drums>Other One sequence is very powerful, with some extraordinary leads from Jerry. The SQ of the official release definitely boosts my rating; this is a show that is quite worth hearing!
Reviewer: Box Burner - - August 6, 2011
Subject: No audience
The Beat Club was a TV broadcast in Bremen, Germany. As such, it was live but there was no audience. Robert Hunter commented on this show in the rhino edition of Europe '72; Hunter noticed that the room felt stiff and cold. "I realized that what they needed was people dancing, but there was only me," he says, "so I piled onto the floor and danced my proverbial ass off, the music picked right up."

I have only sampled the sound a little on this as of yet. The sound quality isn't bad for something this old. I am going to give it 4 stars because the only realy bad thing about a Grateful Dead concrt is not being able to hear it at all.
Reviewer: Cliff Hucker - - April 17, 2010
Subject: Poor sound quality/lackluster performance...
"The Beat Club, a kind of disco joint managed by straightlaced, technical little German shits. 'You vill do it zis vay!' The Grateful Dead follow the rules? Good fucking luck, dudes!" Rock Scully

Perhaps the weakest performance of the European tour. Not particularly well played and the sound quality is somewhat problematic. Still, the short Playin' in the Band is a decent performance while The 23 minute Other One has its moments and contains a couple of interesting passages, the most compelling of which are a brief melodic jam immediately after the intro and a particularly intense Garcia solo starting around the 13 minute mark. (90 pts)
Reviewer: Silverstein - - April 26, 2009
Subject: "someone's fucking up"
I believe Loser and Black Throated Wind are from the soundcheck. I think that's why they stop and fix the feedback problems. Nice show and even if there's some hiss, it's still the only copy posted here from this show, so...
Reviewer: tree-ap - - November 5, 2008
Subject: more magic from Europe in 1972
Do the star ratings matter for this tour? It's ALL so F'n good!

The tape this recording is from obviously suffered from drag (over successive generations) that slowed down the original tempo of the music. I recall many bootlegs over the years having issues with being either too fast or too slow compared w/what was played originally. BUT, despite those defects in the recordings, it just added another dimension to the sound of the bootleg that endeared me (at least) to them---this one is no different. I actually enjoy that this recording is a tad slow. The power of what they were doing is still backed up inspite of the flaw.
The banter after Black-throated Wind (played w/aplomb) is quite funny. Truckin>TOO is typically good, as it would be for the entirety of 1972---'72 is my fav year for The Other One.
Reviewer: jerrysnotdead - - October 27, 2005
Subject: Another gem
Anything that takes me back to Europe 72 is ok with me.Brings back red bud/blonde hash memories.Cruising our stone route during periodic school skips,listening to the Europe 72 tapes.What a great innocent time..........As usual..THANKS ARCHIVE!
Reviewer: BornCrossEyed42 - - October 23, 2005
Subject: download it..
some of this stuff is unbelievable. whats all this nonsense about bad sound quality? it just sounds antique, it adds to the quality-it makes it sound old, and like a real tape reel-very nice. the playin is one of the best ive ever heard, the black throated wind is slower than normal and is very unique. also one of the best berthas ive ever heard. definitely worth the download
Reviewer: Augustanowsley - - September 11, 2005
Subject: Distortion and hisssss...
I think you have to be truly deadicated to get past the mediocre sound quality. But having said that the playing is amazing as previous reviews claim. Europe '72 run must have been a blast for the band if the consistent quality of performance is any indicator. The added weight of being Pigpen's last hurrah make these shows extra special. I admit I get distracted by a poor quality recording and would not recommend this to newcomers. Try Rotterdam 5/11 & London 5/26. But for those who appreciate greatness you need only be a music lover to love this shit...
Reviewer: bootleg43 - - August 10, 2005
Subject: The Main Ten!!
OMG! This Playin absolutely BLAZES! I was doing a sound check on the show and I downloaded the Playin. This Playin is as aggressive as it gets. There is NO other band that jams this hard and this good. This Playin is a step further than most other jams. Bottom line: I need to own this Playin. Ergo, so do you.
The Other One also rages. After the bass driven opening, the Dead jam HARD for about 2 minutes. It doesn't matter how many times I hear this type of jam from The Dead: I always get goose bumps as I pay homage to their shear mastery of their instruments as well as to their ingenuity and inventiveness of jam. There really was nothing like a Grateful Dead concert. All ya gotta do is listen and you'll have an epiphany as to just how good these guys were. This entire year is jam after jam of raging Grateful Dead. I suggest you own it all.
Reviewer: phleshy - - February 20, 2005
Subject: Once you get past the
degraded SBD (and its pitch problems), you'll find that this show has far more than initially meets the eye. The reviewer below is absolutely right about the Playin'. Intense, surging, yet melodic, this jam is classic Europe '72. While this Playin' is short, it is essential Dead.
The Truckin>Drums>Other One segment also contains some neat improvisation. The 23-minute Other One contains more melodic jamming than your typical '72 version, plus there is some space after the 2nd verse, though no transition is made (Wharf Rat could have easily segued out of it). Despite the lackluster recording quality, slow speed, and tedious between-song chatter, this show is worth picking up, especially for Other One fans.
Reviewer: Jahrry Garcia - - October 14, 2004
Subject: Hilarious!
Sound Quality isn't too too bad.
What's great about this show, is the feedback
during Loser. It gets so bad the band has to stop.
You can hear Bobby say, "Somebody is fucking up!"
Other than that the show is so-so.
Reviewer: dealint - - October 7, 2004
Subject: A little slow
The sound on Truckin > Other One will need a speed correction, vocals are deeper than normal.
Reviewer: dirty jev-o - - September 26, 2004
Subject: slop audio
well...as usual the dead is playing well, but the performance is masked with cruddy audio....hissy wissy...nice playin though......nice playin
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